Facebook Removed 32 Fake Accounts That Were Trying to Influence U.S. Politics
Facebook says they removed 32 pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram after discovering they were fake.
At this time, Facebook doesn’t know who set up the accounts, but says they “went to much greater lengths to obscure their true identities than Russian-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) has in the past.”
Facebook says the most followed fake accounts were “Aztlan Warriors,” “Black Elevation,” “Mindful Being,” and “Resisters.” The earliest of the accounts was created in March 2017, the latest in March 2018. Facebook found more than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of the pages. The pages ran about 150 ads for about $11,000 on Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook says they will continue to be diligent in identifying fake accounts and disclose what they find publicly.